COVID Protocols & Procedures

ADMINISTRATION

Daniel J. Fox
Superintendent

Eric Dockstader
Secondary Principal

Daniel J. Fox
Elementary Principal

Teresa Knipper
Board Secretary/Business Manager

BOARD OF EDUCATION

Greg Schmitt
President

Shawn Stone
Vice President

Scott Cooksley

Andy Sperfslage

Heather Steffens

Covid-19 Parent Information

COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced by an infected person. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from none to mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

East Buchanan Schools will be adhering to the guidance from the Iowa Department of Public Health when evaluating ill students in the nurses’ office. The Guidance from the Iowa Department of Public Health is as follows:

Students who have ANY high-risk symptom OR two or more low risk symptoms should not be in school (for a minimum of 10 days) and are advised to seek an evaluation by a health care provider.

HIGH RISK SYMPTOMS

  • New Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste/smell

LOW RISK SYMPTOMS

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Sore Throat
  • Congestion
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle/Body aches
  • Runny Nose
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea

STUDENTS MAY RETURN TO SCHOOL WHEN:

Situation 1: If child is NOT evaluated by a healthcare provider:

  • At least 10 days have passed since their symptoms first appeared AND
  • They have had no fever for at least 24 hours (that is ONE full day without the use of medicine that reduces fevers) AND
  • Their other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath has improved)

Situation 2: If a child is evaluated by a healthcare provider and the provider determines the following

  • Negative COVID-19 TEST – Students may return to school after 24 hours with no fever (without the use of fever reducing medicine) AND symptoms improving.(Physician’s not is required).
  • Alternative Diagnosis – Students may return to school after 24 hours with no fever (without the use of fever reducing medicine) AND symptoms improving (Physician’s not is required)
  • Positive COVID-19 Test – Return to school 24 hours with no fever (ONE full day without fever reducing medications, AND symptoms improving, AND 10 days since the symptoms started.

IDENTIFYING CLOSE CONTACTS FOR COVID 19

Students who have been in close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual (within 6 feet of a positive person for more than 15 minutes) will need to stay home and quarantine for 14 days and monitor for symptoms. (Examples: mother, father, siblings, someone at work, church, school, sports activities, etc.)

  1. If NO symptoms develop, students can return to school 14 days from their last contact with the COVID-19 positive individual
  2. If symptoms develop, students should be evaluated by a health care provider
  3. If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they should isolate for 10 days
  4. If a student tests negative for COVID-19, they must still complete their 14-day quarantine before returning to school.
  5. Individuals who have previously diagnosed Positive for COVID-19 within the past 12 weeks, and were exposed to a COVID-19 case, do not need to quarantine.

Respectfully,

Daniel J. Fox, Superintendent/Elementary Principal

Eric Dockstader, Secondary Principal

Tracy Klendworth, School Nurse, RN, BSN

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